Lecture9ppt

Lecture9ppt - Week 9. Film Genre Kinds of Film Analysis...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–10. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Week 9. Film Genre
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Kinds of Film Analysis Content (thematic) reading Formal Analysis Textual Contextual Intertextual Genre Star Image Auteur Ideology Industrial context Film history
Background image of page 2
Film Genre Simple definition : the type of movie content Scholarly definition : genre is a pattern in narrative that guides both creators’ and viewers’ expectations and thus structures the text. These expectations are called genre conventions.
Background image of page 3

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Who defines/uses genres? Industry Artists Audience Critics/scholars Sometimes these groups will agree on a genre definition, making the genre more established. At other times, only some people will group films into that category.
Background image of page 4
Types of genre definitions Cycles are short-term imitations, usually from an industry or studio copying success; rarely do cycles get named by everyday viewers, until later. 30s Biopic 40s Women’s gothic 50s Bible epic 70s Disaster film 90s Erotic thriller Subgenres are more specific variations on a larger genre. Rock musical Grossout comedy Neo-noir
Background image of page 5

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Genre Conventions Genre conventions are repeated patterns and formulas: Narrative structure (“grammar”/syntax) Iconography (“vocabulary”/semantics) Formal elements (grammar or vocabulary) Another way of thinking about genre conventions is to identify a genre's "vocabulary" and its "grammar." The vocabulary includes the superficial elements - the iconography and formal style. The grammar is the way elements are combined - the narrative structure and structuring formal elements.
Background image of page 6
Grammar: Narrative Formula Genre narratives are built around expectations for how the narrative will play out. These form the structure of a genre film. Example: the horror film and Scream
Background image of page 7

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Narrative Formula Analyzing genre means in part identifying these narrative patterns. Western Conflict between “outlaw” hero and forces of civilization Portrayal of Native Americans or criminals as main “enemy” to both Often climaxes on shoot-out with slowed-down narrative time
Background image of page 8
Narrative Formula Analyzing genre means in part identifying these narrative patterns. Disaster film
Background image of page 9

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 10
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 04/11/2011 for the course FMA 1172 taught by Professor Chriscagle during the Fall '10 term at Temple.

Page1 / 32

Lecture9ppt - Week 9. Film Genre Kinds of Film Analysis...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 10. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online